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The Fast and the Furious (1955)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  15 February 1955 (USA)
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A man wrongly imprisoned for murder breaks out of jail. He wants to clear his name, but with the police pursuing him, he's forced to take a beautiful young woman, driving a fast sports car,... See full summary »

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Frank Webster
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Connie Adair
Bruce Carlisle ...
Faber
Iris Adrian ...
Wilma Belding, Waitress
Marshall Bradford ...
Mr. Hillman, Race Marshal
Bruno VeSota ...
Bob Nielson, Truck Driver (as Bruno Ve Sota)
Byrd Holland ...
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Larry Thor ...
Detective Sergeant
Henry Rowland ...
Motorist in Park
Jean Howell ...
Sally Phillips
Dick Pinner ...
State Trooper (as Richard Pinner)
Robin Morse ...
Gas Station Attendant
Lou Place ...
Det. Faraday
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Park Caretaker (as Snub Pollard)
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A man wrongly imprisoned for murder breaks out of jail. He wants to clear his name, but with the police pursuing him, he's forced to take a beautiful young woman, driving a fast sports car, hostage and slip into a cross-border sports car race to try to make it to Mexico before the police get him. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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High speed Excitement...As a Wanted Man...Meets a Wanting Woman


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The first film released by the American Releasing Corporation which would later become American International Pictures. See more »

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The size, shape and location of the smudges on Connie's face change in appearance after the escape from the burning shack. See more »

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Connie Adair: You can't prove your innocence running away.
Frank Webster: I can't prove it dead.
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Not Noir
22 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

This wonderful little picture proves that not every movie shot in black and white on a low budget in the early '50's, with plenty of cops, crooks, and guns is film noir. It starts out hinting that direction, though.

Frank Webster is serving time for murder until he breaks out of jail. Webster is all fatalistic about life and depressed about his circumstances, because he's been falsely convicted. Seems he's trying to make an honest buck as a trucker and his biggest rival tries to put him out of business by running him off the road. It is one of the rival's flunkies who is killed in the attempt, and this is the murder that Webster is framed for.

Enter the femme fatale, Connie Adair (Dorothy Malone). Webster kidnaps her and forces her to drive him to Mexico. Connie is plenty femme but not much fatale. She's decent, you see, wants Frank to give himself up and face a jury, where she is sure when his story is told, he will be exonerated. That pop sound you hear is the sound of my film noir balloon bursting.

Though it didn't live up to my expectations of what it would be, what it is turns out to be pretty good. John Ireland and Dorothy Malone give good performances, though they're the only ones who do. Ireland always presents to me as a Robert Mitchum clone, and he sure did here. Malone is stunning. Webster (Ireland) comments at one point on her figure, to which Connie (Malone) replies, indignantly, "There's *nothing* wrong with my figure!" Webster's response: "I noticed." And, he's not the only one.

Bottom line: This was American International's first picture, and they would go on to do many worse. I liked this picture, even if it wasn't film noir. 7 out of 10.


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